Average Bench: 99.2% (48th of 1385)

Based on 30,311 user benchmarks.  Device: BFEBFBFF000A0671 Model: 11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-11600K @ 3.90GHz

The i5-11600K is the best value "top tier" CPU in Intel’s 11th Gen Rocket Lake-S lineup. With a simple overclock it offers almost the same levels of performance as the 11900K. Rocket Lake brings higher IPC (early samples indicate +19%) which translates to around a 10% faster Effective Speed than both Intel's 10th Gen and AMD’s 5000 series. Despite Intel’s performance lead, AMD continues to outsell Intel. Given the scale of Intel's operation, it’s inexplicable that their marketing remains so neglected. Little effort is made to counter widespread disinformation such as: “it uses too much electricity” or the classic: “it needs more cores”. Intel’s marketing samples are routinely distributed to reviewers that appear better incentivized to bury Intel's products rather than review them. Not enabling XMP or only testing with BIOS power limits enabled is akin to leaving the handbrake on during a race. Mind-numbing “scientific” and rendering benchmarks are presented as gospel. Different games, mostly unplayed by real users, are cherry picked for each “review”. When it's convenient, canned game benchmarks are chosen such as Ulletical’s CSGO which runs at nearly double the in-game fps. Credible benchmark data, which necessarily includes replicable video footage from popular games, is the exception rather than the rule. At every release, AMD’s marketers coordinate narratives to ensure another feast of blue blubber. Nonetheless, towards the end of 2021, Intel’s Golden Cove is due to offer an additional 20-30% performance increase. At that time, with a net 30-40% performance lead, Intel will probably regain significant market share despite AMD's class-leading marketing. In the meantime, most PC gamers need look no further than the 11400F. [Mar '21 CPUPro]

Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i5-11600K averaged just 0.8% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Core i5-11600K near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Single Core Speed 161Pts
Avg. Quad Core Speed 590Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-11600K is just 18.9%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-11600K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Speed 1,158Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed 935Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 30,311 samples)
Min Avg Max
75.6 Memory 88.4 95.5
140 1-Core 161 172
281 2-Core 313 340
102% 188 Pts
Min Avg Max
518 4-Core 590 652
847 8-Core 935 1,024
93.8% 763 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,023 64-Core 1,158 1,247
71.7% 1,158 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 94.7
1-Core 157
2-Core 316
103% 189 Pts
4-Core 600
8-Core 938
95% 769 Pts
64-Core 1,202
74% 1,202 Pts
LGA1200, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.55 GHz (avg)
Memory 84.3
1-Core 159
2-Core 303
98% 182 Pts
4-Core 541
8-Core 901
88% 721 Pts
64-Core 1,030
64% 1,030 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.35 GHz (avg)
Memory 46.2
1-Core 166
2-Core 313
88% 175 Pts
4-Core 623
8-Core 790
91% 707 Pts
64-Core 1,020
63% 1,020 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

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 Prices

MSRP ≈ $262 @ launch in Mar '21
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Workstation 95%
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Motherboard: MSI Z590-A PRO (MS-7D09) - $170

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 97% - Outstanding Total price: $837

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 Comments

11th generation Rocket Lake processor...

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1 month ago.

super good all round cpu for a very solid price point.


Excellent

8 months ago.

Bought this cpu for my first upgrade as on my i7 2600 i was getting barely 100fps and it was not very stable at all constant frame drops then i got this and i started getting 300fps and it was not dropping at all and it is also very good for the price


Good

15 months ago.

Somewhat recommended for Windows 11


Good

8 months ago.

Except for the 12th Gen CPUs, this CPU can run all of my games at ULTRA with practically any load, like my load is 20 to 45 percent when gaming and my temperatures are around 50 or 55 degrees celsius. It is quick and can do everything flawlessly.


Excellent

8 months ago.

Really a fast CPU for gaming and all sorts


Good

22 months ago.


Good

16 months ago.

good cpu on budget


Excellent

9 months ago.

The processor is excellent, the best value for money for me in my position. I live in Ukraine and now (04/10/2022) we have a war. Therefore, money is a problem, not to mention the state of affairs in general. But even under such conditions, I highly recommend this processor.


Excellent

21 months ago.

best budget cpu ever


Excellent

22 months ago.

It's just awesome


Excellent

8 months ago.

Great performance for mid tier and limited budget. Easily reaches 5ghz all cores with great stability but needs good cooling with that. In 1440p there is not been any issues


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